York rental prices are relatively reasonable. Still, it does feel as though students are being asked to fork out more money this year. Student rents on average have increased across the UK. Durham holding the highest rent per week for University cities in the North of England at £80.21, whilst St. Andrews is recorded as the most expensive Scottish University city with average student rental rates of £84.68. Student rents in Hull and Lancaster were also recorded as having increased by 25 per cent and 24 per cent respectively. This reflects the rise in the cost of living within the UK as a whole, reported by the ONS (Office for National Statistics) to be four times faster than average earnings since the financial crash in 2008. A key factor in determining student rents is the desirability of attending a University. As the number of applicants to York continues to increase, pressure has obviously been put on the accommodation available to us and, hence, the charging of higher rents.